13.06.2014 - 14.06.2014 25 °C
First to Jane, 23,000 steps so far today and counting!!! Yes my legs are tired. As our room was not to be ready until 3.00 pm we headed out to some nearby sights. First the Opera Garnier, which was stunning. Richly decorated there was a lot to take in. From there it was a short hop across to Gallerie Lafayette (Dept Store) with an amazing central dome of stained glass and a rooftop view of the city including that tower thingy Paris is famous for. We then decided to have lunch in a café with on street seating (SOOOOOOOOOO Paris!) and then tackled finding Sacre Coeur on foot. Given it sits atop one of the only hills in Paris it should have been in our sights more often than it was. Still my steady navigating (helped by the ever increasing number of souvenir shops meant we were nearly there. It is a spectacular sight. Unfortunately there are a lot of mainly Africans swarming and bombarding you trying to get money. So we had to run the gauntlet of that which was not pleasant. A short wait and we were in the church and lit a candle for Claire there (even though we aren't religious and especially not Catholic!). We then wandered the very touristy streets of Montmartre. Filled with shops trying to flog paintings of anything. By this time our room was ready so we wandered down some other back streets - these clearly the places the locals go to shop, have a coffee with friends etc. And arrived safely back at the hotel relieved to rest our aching feet. Tomorrow will be a HOHO bus around town to get the lie of the land for when we return.